ORPHIC FRAGMENT 165 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: All things...the earth, the heavens, the sea, the stars...embraced in the aithír (αἰθήρ) of Zefs (Ζεύς).

165. (122) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος I 28c (I 313, 31 Diehl):

τὰ τοίνυν ὅλα περιέχων ὁ Ζεὺς καὶ πάντα μοναδικῶς καὶ | νοερῶς κατὰ τούτους τους χρησμοὺς τῆς Νυκτὸς ὑφίστησι πάντα τὰ ἐγκόσμια, θεούς τε καὶ τὰς μοίρας τοῦ παντός. λέγει γοῦν πρὸς αὐτὸν ἡ Νὺξ ἐρωτήσαντα·

πῶς δέ μοι ἕν τε τὰ πάντ' ἔσται καὶ χωρίς ἕκαστον;
αἰθέρι πάντα πέριξ ἀφάτωι λάβε, τῶι δ' ἐνὶ μέσσωι
οὐρανόν, ἐν δέ τε γαῖαν ἀπείριτον, ἐν δὲ θάλασσαν,
ἐν δὲ τὰ τείρεα πάντα τά τ' οὐρανὸς ἐστεφάνωται.

“Jupiter (Ζεύς) therefore, comprehending in himself wholes, produces in conjunction with Night (Νύξ) all things monadically and intellectually, according to her oracles, and likewise all mundane natures, Gods, and the parts of the universe. Night therefore says to him asking, how all things will be a certain one, and yet each be separate and apart from the rest:

“ ‘All things receive inclosed on ev’ry side,
In æther’s wide ineffable embrace:
Then in the midst of æther place the heav’n;
In which let earth of infinite extent,
The sea, and stars, the crown of heav’n, be fixt.’ ” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1820) 


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s. 1 habent etiam idem in Tim. 36 c (II 256, 21 Diehl), Olympiodor. in Plat. Phaed. C II οζ' p. 162, 30 Norv., vs. 2 αἰθέρι --- 3 οὐρανόν Procl. in Tim. I 207, 9 Diehl, Simplic. in Aristot. Phys. IV coroll. de loco I 643, 27 Diels ἐπεὶ οὖν ἡ Ἀσσύριος θεολογία καὶ ὑπὲρ τόνδε τὸν κόσμον ἄλλο σῶμα θειότερον τὸ αἰθέριον παραδέδωκεν, οἶδε δὲ αὐτὸ καὶ Ὀρφεύς ἐν οἷς φησιν· αἰθέρι --- οὐρανόν.


The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.
Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.
How do we know there are Gods? Experiencing Gods.


The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The Pætilía (Petelia, Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara, κιθάρα), the the lyre of Apóllôn (Apollo, Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus, Ὀρφεύς).


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We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

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